Wednesday, January 30, 2008

It's Official!

Well, yesterday (29th) was Addie’s actual birthday! She is officially 1 now and I can't believe it! Time is such a strange thing - in so many ways the year has flown by, but at the same time it seems like Addie has been with our family for much, much longer than that.
When I took Addie into the doctor on Friday for her rash she weighed 20lbs 3oz. so I thought it would be the perfect birthday treat to put her in her new carseat. She LOVES facing forward like a big girl! In fact, the entire drive to the gym this morning she just laughed! I wish there had been someone in the car to get it on video!
And what could be more fun on your birthday than a doctor's visit?! Addie had her 1 year check-up today and in addition to her vaccines she got her ears pierced too. Her current stats are: 29" long (50th percentile), 19lbs. 12oz. (25th percentile) and her head at 18" is in the 50-75th percentile. My mom (Nana) came along today to help me mark where we wanted her earrings to go - very crucial!
We survived and look how pretty :-)! I know many people reading this are thinking I am crazy for piercing her ears and there are probably also some who did their baby's even earlier, but here is how this became our tradition. When Ella was little I really wanted hers done so people would know she was a girl (I think Addie looks more girly than Ella at this age by the way) but obviously didn't want to take a little baby to Claire's or some stand in the mall. When I heard that some doctor's will do it right in their office I called mine and found out she was one of them. We decided to do it at Ella's 1 year check-up because I personally felt like her body would be better equipped to handle it (if they did get infected, which they never did) and when you're getting a round of vaccines anyway, what is one more prick? Ella now obviously has no memory of the whole incident. So, when I found out I was having another girl it just seemed natural to do it again on the 1 year visit. Today as I was helping hold Addie down though I must admit I felt awful and a little vain for making her scream so badly all in the name of beauty, but she was over it in 2 minutes and went on to make this happy little video...
We were waiting for the nurse to come and get us for Addie's vaccines (I did feel especially bad that she had just gotten over one painful incident only to be subjected to yet another - then again, she was her happy self only minutes later once again) and quickly ran out of things to do to pass the time. I handed Addie the tissue box on the counter and she immediately pulled one out and "blew" her nose into it. I thought it was hilarious because it wasn't as though my mom or I had just done it and she was copying us, she obviously remembered seeing people do this (probably me last week as I battled an awful cold) and knew that was the purpose for Kleenex!
Addie catching up on some reading as we left the doctor's office.
3 of her 4 shots were in her arms today and she was absolutely fascinated by her bandaids. My mom turned around and saw her inspecting one she had pulled off so I asked her to take a picture. Addie was trying to put it back on her arm (she is so cute :-) and then when she saw my mom held it up to her, "ook, ook." (her most favorite thing to say is "look" as she points at everything she sees)
We stopped for a girls lunch with my mom... and then Addie quickly fell asleep in the car after we picked Ella up from Joy School – it had been quite the morning and she was exhausted!

**And in case any of you are wondering, Addie is NOT loving regular milk so far. I think today I’ll try putting half formula and half milk together and see how that goes. I tried putting it in her sippy cup first to try and avoid Ella’s whole issue with only drinking milk out of a bottle, but she wouldn’t do that. Then I put it in her bottle and she drank it for a little while and then suddenly realized it didn’t taste quite normal and would have nothing else to do with it. We’ll see how it goes I guess.**


Brittany and Ili are officially engaged :-)! I don't know any of the details yet, but we are soooo excited for them! (and I'm also excited that Mike and I will no longer be the only married couple in our families now!) I'll update this post when I get more details and/or a picture. CONGRATULATIONS :-)!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blue-Eyed Birthday Babies

I have 3 friends who all had babies within 1 month of me having Addie (and all 4 have very blue eyes someone pointed out yesterday). Allie (Jace's mom) and Stephanie (Ashley's mom) were in our first ward in downtown Houston and Leighanna (William's mom) is in our ward right now. Yesterday they all came over for a joint celebration along with Sheree and McKell and their kids. Admist the chaos of keeping the older kids playing "nicely" together and making sure the little ones didn't get into trouble we were able to talk and eat a little bit and of course take lots of pictures of all our cute kids!
Jace feeding a block to Addie - such nice sharing already!
I stole a couple pictures from Allie - this is one of Addie, Jace and Ashley playing together.
The cakes...hearts for the girls and stars for the boys and lots of regular ones for everyone else to enjoy.
Everyone was really upset about wearing the hats except Addie (and most of all Jace as you can see). I think after the snap she got on her cheek the day before from her other hat she figured she was a pro!

Jace was a lot of fun to take pictures of because he devoured his cake and got sooo messy!
I love the hand print :-)! Addie on the other hand picked daintly away at hers. Trying to take off individual sprinkles. (That's William next to her below)

What are they thinking? Addie: "You should see yourself! What a mess!" and Jace: "Are you going to eat the rest of that? You sure are taking a long time and I can help you out!"
Apparently William's cake tasted the best because Addie and Ashley are both trying to steal some.
Ella kindly provided some mid-cake entertainment.
The full group finishing up their cake and then washing it down with some water at the end.

Right as Sheree and McKell were leaving I realized I hadn't taken any pictures of the big kids and got a few. Here are Johnny, Eva, Andrew and Ella.
Acting like the crazy bunch they are when they are together...

We decided the only way to clean up the little ones was by throwing them all in the bath tub. Stephanie managed to carry Addie and Ashley upstairs without getting messy.
Jace would not sit down, making it difficult for me to get a "blog appropriate" shot, but I was able to crop this one :-). Addie kept brushing Ashley's hair with the spoon.
Needless to say last night Ella and Addie bathed in my bath tub because I hadn't had time to clean that one yet!
All clean! Ella loves being a big sister and had fun with all the other babies...Although she did declare that Ashley was her favorite (sorry Addie! I think that may have something to do with the fact that Ashley never had the chance to take any of Ella's toys).
We were all ready for a nap by the end of the afternoon!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Party Time!

Addie's birthday is tomorrow (CRAZY!) so we had our families over Sunday for a little celebration. Almost everyone was able to come, which was really fun. Here are just some of the pictures I took (and a few from Aunt Chrissy too):
The morning of the fun Addie managed to sit on Ella's stool all by herself. She was so proud! I was making enchiladas all morning. It seemed like a good idea when I was planning the menu but I quickly decided having Mike barbeque would have been a better option :-)!
Let the fun (and eating begin)! My Grandma and Mike's dad.
The "big" girls: Ella, Mike's little sister Chloe and my little sister Hope. Hope and Chloe are the same age and get along really well which makes our family get togethers fun for all. Ella just wants to be right there with them all the time :-), and they are both really good about letting her tag along!
My brother Scott and Mike's sisters Brittany (with her boyfriend Ili who also made the trek out from San Antonio) and Chrissy.
The men (Mike's dad and my grandfather) sitting amongst the gifts.
Mike, my grandma and my mom and dad (with Ella of course).
And finally...time for the cake!
Addie wasn't loving her hat at first (probably partly because I snapped her little cheek with the elastic), but she eventually forgot it was on and ate her cake. She was very slow and wasn't making a mess at all so I helped her out by putting some frosting on her cheeks. (You'll also notice her rash looked much better thankfully!)

How old are you Addie? One!
Sitting on her present opening throne...she really is still so little even though she seems so big.
When Addie opened this bath toy from Meema and Papa Ella exclaimed, "We can share it!"
Some new bling from Nana and Grandad - hooray!
Everyone hanging out after all the festivities were finished.

Thank you Chrissy for taking a family shot for us - it totally slipped my mind!
Ella helping make sure we got some good footage of the day :-)!